Each year on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, New Horizons for New Hampshire has a fundraising breakfast at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester. The event features a who's-who of New Hampshire political, business, and religious leaders and there are over 700 people in attendance. Gov. Maggie Hassan, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, and Mayor Ted Gatsas were at the head table and Bishop Libasci attends each year as well. We are invited to attend every year to assist with the sales of raffle tickets and collecting pledge cards. Two of our students also helped out last night for two hours helping to set the room up.
The breakfast features a variety of speakers, including the governor, senator, and mayor, a person who has benefited from New Horizons, a business leader, and a clergy member. Charlie Sherman, the executive director, MC's the breakfast and leads the pledge drive and raffle. Charlie publicly acknowledged the Trinity students and also talked about our Cardboard City event which of course benefits New Horizons. He told the crowd that Trinity holds a special place in his heart! Our kids were full of smiles!
Charlie also announced that New Horizons will be partnering with Families in Transition and will staff their brand new kitchen and meal center when it opens next year. Our National Honor Society has a nice relationship with Families in Transition and we look forward to seeing if we can assist with them with the meal center.
The breakfast concludes with an award ceremony and we usually sneak out at the very end of that part so as to beat the crowd and traffic. We are always so honored to play a very small tole in this event and I personally look forward to attending each year, it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without it for me.